A bumboat, for a special flame

A bumboat, for a special flame
The SEA Games torch will be carried on a bum boat on June 5 to the National Stadium for the Torch Relay.

On June 5, one vessel will carry the Games' torch, housed in a safety lantern, from Marina Bay through the Kallang Basin before making landfall in front of the new National Stadium at the Sports Hub.

One torch-bearer - whose identity will be unveiled only on the day itself - will pick up the torch and begin the Torch Relay, which will culminate in the lighting of the cauldron, which will burn until the end of the 2015 SEA Games on June 16.

The bumboat was the transport of choice due to its historical association with a country that today remains a leading trading post in South-east Asia.

In a statement released yesterday, Colonel Lawrence Lim, chairman of the opening and closing ceremonies, said: "Having the flame come to the National Stadium by water is a fitting reminder and celebration of Singapore's history and achievements.

"It also honours our past pioneering spirit - to fight, and dream, for what our home can be."

A day before the torch makes its journey on water, it will be paraded around the Marina Bay area by six torch-bearers handpicked from the volunteer group Team Nila.

One of them is 83-year-old Charles Eu, who will be an information officer at the National Stadium during the Games.

The retired teacher walks from his home in Hillview to Bukit Batok Nature Park and back every morning, covering a distance of around 4km.

On June 4, he will embark on one of the most important walks in his life.

Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Eu said he was shocked when he got the call three days ago.

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